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Simpsonville council members approve gun law amendment

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Rhonda Revis is an avid reader, so she enjoys going to the library. But, when she walked out of a branch on Main Street in Simpsonville Tuesday afternoon, she was shocked.

"I just took a double look, I said, 'When did this happen?'" Revis said.

She read a sign that she said took a minute for her to comprehend.

"It's right there close to the library, there's a lot of kids that come in here," Revis said.

Located next to the library is The Gun Shop with a sign that states "Indoor Shooting Range."

"Well, I'm not against it, but yeah it should be kind of out in the country," Revis said.

But, owners of the shop are gunning for the opening of an indoor range.

"It's all about the location - we felt like Simpsonville would be a great place," Thomas Wirthlman said.

He's the co-owner of The Gun Shop, but because of its location, Simpsonville council members are voting whether or not to amend a law that states guns can't be shot in the city.

"When we first approached the city we were approved to zone and were told we were OK to go forward," said Wirthlman. "I was a little surprised when we learned that wasn't the case, but we believe it will work out in our favor."

He said he hasn't had any complaints about wanting to open the shooting range.

"There's a lot of guns out there that people buy and put in a drawer and they don't know how to use them and our biggest thing is education and safety," Wirthlman said.

Right now customers can buy shirts, gun holders and other accessories at the shop.

"We also have ammunition, we have firearms," Wirthlman said.

If the council passes the amendment, he's shooting for the range to open in August, but not everyone is aiming for that.

"I don't think council members should pass it," Revis said.

Council members voted 5-2 in favor of the amendment, meaning indoor shooting galleries are an exception where people can shoot guns in the city. If it passes the second reading, it will become law.

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